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Simple Mocha Espresso Truffle Recipe | 3 Ingredients and Naturally Gluten-Free

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This Mocha Espresso Truffle recipe is a delicious, sweet treat that comes with a caffeine boost!  Using only 3 ingredients, this recipe is a simple espresso chocolate treat that is naturally gluten-free.

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Why You’ll Love This Mocha Espresso Truffle Recipe

You’ll love this simple coffee chocolates recipe because,

  • It’s a fancy treat that’s naturally gluten-free.
  • It’s way more affordable to make truffles at home—and you control the ingredients!
  • You’ll get a caffeine boost
  • You only need 3 ingredients to make these coffee chocolate truffles!
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Equipment for This Classic Espresso Truffles Recipe

To make this more classic truffles recipe you will need:

  • a medium sauce pan
  • a loaf pan
  • parchment paper
  • mixing bowls
  • a small cookie scoop (I use this)

Ingredients for Mocha Espresso Truffles

You only need 3 ingredients for this coffee truffles recipe.

Yes, I’m keeping it simple and yummy!

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  • semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Both Hershey’s and Enjoy Life are great options for this recipe!
  • heavy cream.  Trust me, you need heavy cream for this recipe!  Don’t try to sub milk or half and half.
  • fine ground espresso beans.  I like Illy.  
    note: Ground espresso IS different than ground coffee!  See the section below for more details.

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What’s the difference between coffee and espresso?

There are two main differences.  First, the roasting time. Espresso beans have been roasted longer to the ‘espresso point.’ 

Second, espresso has been ground finer than traditional coffee grounds.  This is an important distinction with this recipe because if you use traditionally ground coffee your truffles may not be as smooth.

What if I don’t want my mocha truffles to be caffeinated?

This is a totally easy fix!  If you don’t want your coffee flavored truffles to have caffeine, simply use decaf espresso!  Try Lavazza decaf espresso, you can find it on Amazon here.

How to Make Mocha Truffles

While it will take over an hour to make these mocha espresso truffles, most of that time is just waiting for the mixture to chill. 

This also makes an EXCELLENT make-ahead treat!  You can make these 2-3 days ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you want to serve them.

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In a medium-sized pan, combine semisweet chocolate chips and heavy cream over low heat, mix until you achieve a smooth consistency.  Be sure to stir continuously as to not burn your chocolate.

combined melted chocolate and cream in saucepan

Cook it on low and cook it slow!

Once smooth, pour into a loaf pan that’s been lined with parchment paper.

chocolate truffle base cooling in parchment lined pan
truffle base cooling in parchment lined pan

Put mixture in the refrigerator to chill for an hour, or until it is a firm, scoopable consistency.

Using your cookie scoop, scoop balls from the mixture.  If the truffle mixture begins to melt, put back in the fridge until firm enough to scoop again.

Tip: especially if working in a warm environment, chill a plate or small cookie sheet in the freezer and put your scooped truffles on the plate.

chocolate truffles rolled in espresso powder

Once your chocolate mixture is scooped into the size truffles you want, roll the truffle in ground espresso.

Keep truffles in the fridge until ready to serve!

If you want to decorate them, add a full espresso bean to the top.

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Mocha Espresso Truffle Recipe

This recipe for Mocha Espresso Truffles is a delicious sweet treat that comes with a caffeine boost! Using only 3 ingredients, this recipe is a simple espresso chocolate that is naturally gluten-free.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24 truffles

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • loaf pan
  • parchment paper
  • spatula
  • mixing bowl
  • cookie scoop

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup ground espresso
  • whole espresso beans (for topping, optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized pan, combine semisweet chocolate chips and heavy cream over low heat, mix until you achieve a smooth consistency. Be sure to cook on low and consistently stir to ensure your chocolate does not burn.
  • Pour chocolate truffle mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan.
  • Allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 hour or until mixture is solid.
  • With a cookie scoop, form balls from the mixture (chill again if truffle begins to melt).
  • Roll in ground espresso. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
  • If desired, top your coffee chocolate truffles with an espresso bean.

Notes

See blog post above for:
  • cooking process images
  • specific equipment and ingredient suggestions
  • baking tips
  • and more!
Keyword candy, chocolate, coffee, espresso, gluten-free, truffle

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